Katie Fogle, wife of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, announced she is seeking a divorce following Wednesday's charges against her husband alleging he engaged in illicit sexual conduct with minors and received child pornography. Fogle is expected to plead guilty to the charges at a later date and, in turn, will accept no less than five years in prison and will pay $1.4 million in restitution to victims, the Associated Press reported.
Katie released a statement Wednesday shortly after the charges came out, according to WISH-TV in Indianapolis. "Obviously, I am extremely shocked and disappointed by the recent developments involving Jared," the statement read. "I am in the process of seeking a dissolution of the marriage. My focus is exclusively on the well-being of my children. Neither I nor my family will have any further comment on the matter. I appreciate respect for my family’s privacy during this difficult time.”
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— Tim McNicholas (@TimMcNicholas) August 19, 2015
Prior to the allegations, Subway had planned to rebrand Fogle -- who became famous in 1999 after losing 245 pounds while using the chain's sandwiches as a diet tool -- as a family man, a plan that would involve Katie (née McLaughlin) and the couple's two children, according to a July Bloomberg report. An animated advertisement showed the two taking their 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter to a local Subway.
“My life has evolved,” Fogle, 37, told Bloomberg Businessweek at the time. “The next step in my story is I have a family, and a lot of parents can relate to that. You want to be a role model for your children, and obviously one of the most important things is maintaining the weight, keeping it off.”
When Fogle appeared in court Wednesday, he wasn't wearing his wedding ring, according to WXIN in Indianapolis. The couple was engaged in November 2009, according to People magazine. Fogle proposed near Indiana University, their alma mater. In a video posted to YouTube in 2009, Katie said she met Jared 10 years earlier while going to college with his brother. Fogle, who had been married once before, gushed over Katie at the time of their engagement.
"She's been so wonderful and caring. She's just been the most supportive woman," he said to People. "I couldn't ask for more."
— Russ McQuaid (@RussMcQuaidNews) August 19, 2015
Katie said in a 2013 interview that being married to the face of Subway and the star of countless commercials made her a well-practiced photographer. "Sometimes, it's like an endless stream of strangers are asking me to take their picture with him," she said to USA Today.
Fogle spent more than 15 years with Subway, which officially dropped him Tuesday.